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"Concerning the gap with Manchester City, but we had three points from them last season and they had three points from us".

"Of course we're all very motivated for the first match of the season, we've all worked very hard this week and it's important now to go out there on Sunday and show the results of that pre-match preparation", the Liverpool midfielder told his club's official site. "That depends only on how we play, perform and fight, not on what I say now".

Tottenham enjoyed a great season and finished third on 77 points, while Liverpool took up the final Champions League qualifying spot as they finished fourth.

Liverpool have been handed a boost with Fabinho able to return to training after being given the all-clear following a scan on a muscle problem on Thursday while he's also recovered from a minor bout of illness.

"The points we lost between us and City were obviously for different reasons and mostly because we did not win all the other games". We need to improve everything. We beat Manchester City in the league and the Champions League last season, so I think we can win everything in the world.

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Strength and conditioning coach Rick Court is the most frequently named member of the coaching staff, though head coach D.J. Durkin's name arises as well, and he and Court are described as like-minded.


And it is that quartet of signings that has led many experts to predict Klopp's exciting team will run champions Manchester City close this time around.

"It has been all-too-rare for Liverpool to go into the season with any likelihood of challenging, let alone winning the Premier League". That's all really hard. It's hard for the other teams as well. I thought about it for the preseason, but now we have to be in this championship mood. That's the plan - to really go for it.

"I don't think too much about what we have to do in general. He wants to compete with the best teams in the world and he is going in the right way". Croatia's World Cup hero Dejan Lovren is set to miss the game due to lack of match fitness, while Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan are injury doubts. "I don't know exactly how - fancy dress for the players or whatever!" You see what happens around and see how Wolverhampton act, how Fulham act, how Everton act, a lot of clubs are all ambitious.

"Dejan will not be available for the weekend, that's how it is", said Klopp.

Alisson, Fabinho and Naby Keita make up the quartet of new arrivals at Anfield this summer and Shaqiri said: "We have a big team and a lot of players with quality so I think that the coach can rotate". Ragnar, no real chance, he didn't train.


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